How to Get a Pineapple Hair Updo for Natural Hair

This pretty, peppy look is also surprisingly easy to create.

A lot of people with natural hair love how the pineapple technique keeps curls in place while sleeping. What’s more, the hairstyle also lends itself to something more than a hair maintenance technique: It’s also a natural hairstyle in its own right that can be worn when you’re out and about, and not just at bedtime!

We love how the pineapple updo is a fun, stylish way to keep curls up and away from your face during hot days. And what’s even more? You can rock this hairstyle with the look of bangs, whether you actually have a cut fringe or not. Lastly, it’s a very versatile, easy-to-create style: Curls don’t have to be super long to achieve the pineapple updo.

Read on to learn more about how to create the pineapple hair look with or without a fringe, and how to tweak the method for shorter lengths:

1. Simple Pineapple Curly Pony

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Adding bangs to your pineapple hairstyle is a fun way to update the look. Don’t have bangs? Pin the hair up for a faux fringe!

Step 1: Gather hair into a pony.

Smoothen your hair upward with your palms and gather it into a high ponytail. Alternatively, you can slip a wide hair tie over your neck and slide it up along your hair to create the ponytail, and you’re done!

If you’re doing it the first way, proceed to step two.

Step 2: Secure with a hair tie.

Tie a hair tie or elastic around the hair to secure your pineapple pony in place.

Step 3: Fluff out hair.

Backcomb or fluff out curls with your fingers to your desired level of volume.

Step 4: Smoothen.

Smooth hair at the base of your head for a sleek look. You can use a hair gel, like TRESemmé Extra Firm Control Gel, to keep hair in place and to give hair a wet or shiny appearance.

2. Pineapple Hair with Bangs

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A pineapple formal updo.

Step 1: Section bangs.

Section off your bangs. You can use a hair clip or hairpin to keep them out of the way.

Step 2: Gather hair into a pony.

Gather and smooth your hair upward into a high ponytail.

Step 3: Secure the pony.

Wear a hair tie to secure the pineapple ponytail in place.

Step 4: Cascade bangs.

Bring the hair from the ponytail forward to cascade into your fringe area.

Step 5: Apply gel.

Release your bangs and style. If your bangs need a pick-me-up, refresh your curls by using a gel to help define them. We recommend using Dove Amplified Textures Shine &. Moisture Finishing Gel, which also tames any frizz without drying hair out.

Step 6: Set your style.

Spray with some hairspray, like TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Level 2 Hold Curl Hair Spray, to keep curls in place.

If you want to do the pineapple hair method to preserve your curls overnight, you’ll want to try this process at bedtime. Repeat the steps above, but this time, you’ll use a loose scrunchie, preferably made out of satin or silk: They don’t cause as much friction to hair as cotton does. Apply an oil like coconut oil to provide your locks with smoothness and manageability.

Be sure to keep your pony loose and avoid twisting the scrunchie around more than once to prevent any markings or dents along the surface of your hair. In the morning, gently remove the hair tie and shake your hair, allowing your curls to open up and fall. Use your hands to style as usual, and you’re all set.

The pineapple method may be deemed as difficult for those with shorter hair lengths. Don’t fret! We have a trick for you: Create smaller, multiple pineapples all throughout your hair. (You can create small sections and pineapple each with a small silk or satin scrunchie.). In the morning release, shake and gently massage your roots to get rid of any visible dents. Style as desired, and you’re ready to hit the door!

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